“This preparation we’ve been trying to win a maiden, but she’s run into some good ones.
“I think with these two and three-year-olds, there’s not a big gap between running in a maiden and in a city class race or even a stakes race.’’
Curtis said what is playing against Giselle Anne is her size. At 460kg, she’s hardly imposing, but he has noticed her starting to strengthen up.
She’s also an on-pacer, and that leaves her vulnerable at times, something that was evident when beaten as a $1.40 favourite by a promising type in Darleb at Wyong last start, and that’s part of the reason he’s edging her out in distance.
“Chris Williams said last time he was quite happy then a horse came up and eyeballed,’’ Curtis said.
“If she runs in the race minus that horse, she looks like a champion and wins on her ear.
“The start before last Glyn [Schofield] said to me to try her over a bit of ground where she can be more in her comfort zone running along in front.
“It is a bit frustrating. The pressure would be off her if she could just get away with one. I’m confident she will get the trip. I’m happy with her and let’s hope she can do it.’’
Stablemate Pyraminx is expected to be a big improver when he has his third race start, and second this preparation, in the Killahy Equine Plate (1300m).
Curtis said he made a mistake leading into the three-year-old’s first-up seventh at Kembla Grange on October 26 which left him exposed when he had to endure a wide run.